The Collegiate Women Sports Awards

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Baylor's Brittney Griner wins 2012 Honda Cup

Brittney Griner helped Baylor win a national title in April. The 6-foot-8 center was awarded the Honda Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year on Saturday.

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2012 Winners

  • Cross Country

    Sheila Reid, Villanova University

  • Field Hockey

    Megan Frazer, University of Maryland

  • Soccer

    Teresa Noyola, Stanford University

  • Volleyball

    Alex Jupiter, University of Southern California

  • Swimming & Diving

    Caitlin Leverenz, University of California, Berkeley

  • Basketball

    Brittney Griner, Baylor University

  • Gymnastics

    Kytra Hunter, University of Florida

  • Golf

    Brooke Pancake, University of Alabama

  • Lacrosse

    Taylor Thornton, Northwestern University

  • Tennis

    Nicole Gibbs, Stanford University

  • Softball

    Keilani Ricketts, University of Oklahoma

  • Track & Field

    Kimberlyn Duncan, Louisiana State University

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Honda Awards History

  • In 1976 -- in the wake of Title IX -- Delta State legend Lucy Harris, a pioneer in women's basketball, received the inaugural Broderick Cup, which became the Honda Cup in 1985. For the past 36 years, the groundbreaking Collegiate Women Sports Awards program has recognized the best female athletes throughout the NCAA -- from Old Dominion's Nancy Lieberman (1978-79) to North Carolina's Mia Hamm (1993-94) to UConn's Maya Moore (2010-11) -- elevating them to superstar status long before they were inducted into the Hall of Fame, became a World Cup champion or were named WNBA Rookie of the Year.

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About the Awards

The Honda Collegiate Women Sports Awards

  • Each year, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards are given to female athletes in 12 NCAA sports. Each June, one of these athletes will be named Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and be presented with the coveted Honda Cup.

Where Are They Now

  • YEAR: 2002-03
    WINNER: Natasha Watley, softball,
    UCLA

    With two Olympic medals to hang around her neck (gold from 2004 in Athens, where she broke the Olympic record for number of stolen bases; silver in Beijing in 2008), many thought Watley would be ready to call it a career. After all, she'd already led her UCLA team to three straight Women's College World Series and had been named All-American four times in her role as shortstop. But Watley wasn't done yet. Today, she plays professional softball in Japan for Team Toyota, as well as competing in the National Professional Fastpitch League as a member of the USSSA Pride. What's more, she launched the Natasha Watley Foundation in 2008, aimed at introducing softball to girls living in underserved inner cities nationwide, providing instruction and financial support.

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